The Component, with its 15 member nations, is no stranger to distinguished visitors who come here to have a look at the only multinational military flying unit in the world. On 14 February the E-3A Component hosted the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, William Robert Timken Jr.
The main purpose of the visit was to visit with U.S. troops stationed at the Component and to learn about the E-3A aircraft and mission. Though the visit was short, about two hours in total, it was a great opportunity for the Ambassador to become familiar with the Component. At the Officer's Club, the Ambassador received a briefing from the Component Commander Brig. Gen. Stephen Schmidt and then spoke to the crowd, praising the strong relationship between Germany and the United States and thanking the troops for their service on behalf of himself and the President of the United States.
Then for the finale, the Ambassador went out to the flightline to get a firsthand look at the E-3A aircraft and the Nato Mid-Term upgrade.